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June has been named National Safety Month by the National Safety Council. This gives employers the opportunity to consider how to bring more security and peace of mind to everyone. Around 4.5 million employees every year require medical attention due to work-related accidents. Additionally, similar accidents can happen outside of work that leads to personal injury claims. During National Safety Month, everyone should take extra time to practice safety.
Some employees work at desk jobs daily. If their desks, chairs, and other equipment pieces are not ergonomically sound, they may end up feeling fatigued or develop lower back pain, shoulder discomfort, and headaches. Buying ergonomic equipment makes sense from a business standpoint. Although ergonomic products may cost more, these products allow staff members to be more productive and lessen the risk of injuries.
Each year, more than 67,000 people overdose on drugs and lose their lives. In some cases, those overdoses occur because of accidents related to where medicines are stored. All drugs, including over-the-counter medications or prescription medicines, should be kept out of the way of minors. They should also be properly labeled and only taken as expected. Older adults may have trouble remembering whether they took the right number and type of pills. Properly storing medications and using containers and calendars will help everyone monitor their dosages.
Slip and falls cause the death of 34,000 individuals annually. A smart way to lower the likelihood of someone tripping is to keep all floors clear of debris. Flooring should also be even and not torn, ripped, or frayed. Older, damaged floors should be repaired or replaced. In the case of recently mopped floors, temporary barriers and signage should be used to warn people of the wet area.
It might seem strange to worry about first aid kits, but having one available can mean the difference between someone receiving assistance quickly or waiting for medical care. After all, accidents happen on a regular basis and without warning. For that reason, workers should always keep a first aid kit available. First aid kits travel well and can be stored in desks, backpacks, gym bags, purses, suitcases, car consoles, car trunks, bathrooms, garages, and kitchens.
Though traffic and driving laws may seem heavy handed at times, these rules save lives. Just wearing a seat belt can help someone survive a car accident. Statistics culled over the past 45 years show that using seat belts and lap belts reduce the chance of dying in a crash by 45 to 65 percent. Younger drivers may need to be reminded of how to cautiously operate a motorized vehicle, especially when driving for work. However, even seasoned motorists can use refreshers to make sure they avoid hurting themselves or others due to avoidable collisions.
In many industries, workers must wear and use specific types of personal protective equipment (PPE). Whether purchased personally or obtained through the employer, employees must maintain and utilize their PPE to avoid common workplace injuries, including electrocution, crushing injuries, overexertion, lacerations, broken bones, soft tissue sprains and strains, and injuries caused in falling accidents.
During June, many companies offer extra PPE-themed classes to remind workers of the proper ways to safely go about their normal duties. Such classes may be held in conjunction with other training and workshops, such as on-the-job accident protocol updates, injury report notification expectations, and Workers’ Compensation claim filing procedures.
Taking just a few minutes to test alarm-related equipment or to conduct an impromptu fire drill can make sure everyone in the workplace remains safe if a fire breaks out.
Playing it safe extends to personal health, too. Chronic or sudden issues rarely go away on their own and may lead to larger conditions and diseases. Caring for mental and physical health is a must-do as part of personal safety and prevention. Adults of specific ages are urged to undergo exams as these medical procedures and tests help everyone stay healthier by detecting problems early or warding them off entirely. Following health care recommendations based on gender, age, and other factors keeps everyone healthy.
Falling accidents cause fatalities and severe injuries in a variety of fields, including manufacturing and construction. The most reasonable way to keep employees from requiring medical attention caused by falls is by instituting airtight procedures and rules, and then insisting everyone to follow the rules without failure.
Many falls are preventable with the right kind of planning. Assuring employees that they should take their time to make certain they are correctly positioned to avoid a fall is part of every manager’s role and responsibility, as well as making sure all fall-prevention equipment is well-maintained and in working order.
At home, people should be cautious when climbing ladders, working on rooftops, or cutting tree limbs without professional assistance. These activities can end in a trip to the emergency room, not to mention long-term problems, such as extensive traumatic brain injuries.
During this month, everyone should be extra cautious and advocate for safety; however, accidents can still happen. Our Wilmington Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow are here to assist you with your injuries. Call us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including Middletown, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.